The Offseason: T-Bar Films Gears Up For Winter


“We’re gearing up for what is going to be a big 2015/2016 winter,” Tyler Wilkinson-Ray says in an interview in the October 2015 issue. He’s half the two-brother team behind Vermont-based T-Bar Films, known for producing “United We Ski” and “Vasu Sojitra: Out On A Limb.” While editing their latest film, Tyler shot and produced a short, capturing his motivation, inspiration and outlook for the upcoming winter.

Apogée: Celebrating JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson


Last year, Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair set out to film a project they called Apogée, which means the highest point in the development of something. The project was cut short, a year ago yesterday, when the both Fransson and Auclair died in an avalanche on Monte San Lorenzo on the Chilean/Argentine border. Exactly one year after their deaths, close friend Bjarne Salén, of Endless Flow Films, released a 15-minute cut of the film.

Patagonia and Sweetgrass Productions Release “Jumbo Wild” Trailer


For 25 years, backcountry skiers and the First Nations tribes of Invermere, British Columbia have fought against the development of the 1,500-acre Jumbo Glacier Resort. Now, Patagonia and Sweetgrass Productions are releasing a documentary—titled Jumbo Wild—that tells the story of this ongoing fight in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains.

Skiing and Science: Shifting Ice team releases documentary teaser


For some, sailing from Iceland to Greenland might conjure thoughts of seasickness and unpleasant weather. For others it invokes visions of adventure. The later was the case for six women who set sail in April 2014.

Vermont’s Rochester Area Sports Trail Alliance Seeks Funds to Develop Glades


Vermont’s Rochester Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA), a pilot chapter of the Catamount Trail Association, has launched a summer fundraising campaign to support their backcountry initiatives throughout the Braintree Mountain Forest. With fundraising help, the organization plans to construct a parking lot, renovate the existing Bell Gates backcountry cabin, build a trailhead kiosk and further develop glades throughout the forest.

Backyard Roots: The Sleeping Giant


For those embedded in mountain towns, backyards hold more than just a grill and a patch of grass. Stepping outside to explore often means heading into National Forests, remote mountain ranges and untracked snow. It also means managing risks and respecting the natural landscape. Montana natives Beau Fredlund and photographer Kt Miller do just that in their […]

Chamonixoxo: A Tribute to Liz Daley


In February 2014, photographer Kt Miller and professional skier Caroline Gleich met up with late snowboarder Liz Daley for two weeks of steep skiing in Chamonix. The trio accomplished famous and technical descents like the Y Couloir of Aiguille de Argentiere and the West Couloir of Aiguille du Chardonnet, polishing their ski mountaineering skills and surprising […]

Video: Forbidden Traverse


Photographer Jason Hummel, brothers Andy and Mike Traslin and Jeff Rich recently knocked off the Forbidden Traverse, a noteworthy North Cascades multi-day route first pioneered by Martin Volken in 1999. The group spent three days on the route, which begins along Highway 20 before passing over Forbidden Peak (8,816 ft.) and Eldorado Peak (8,868 ft.), the descent of which, Mike Translin says, was the highlight of the trip. “Good weather and good snow stability made it a good time to slog up some mountains,” he adds. Here’s a video from the traverse.

Video: Glen Plake’s Chamonix


“Chamonix has a reputation worldwide as one of the greatest ski towns on earth; a lot of serious skiing, serious climbing, just big and dangerous and cool,” says Tom Runcie of Crested Butte, Colo. Along with CJ Carter, of Bozeman, Mont., Runcie headed to the French Alps two seasons back to ski alongside Glen Plake as part of a contest thrown by Julbo. And following the trip, Julbo produced this short film about their week chasing the legend around his grand stomping grounds.

Video: Sun Dog


Dogs can shred, too. And it’s about time they got their starring role in an artful and action-filled short. DPS’s latest installment of Cinematic does just that, with Conga shredding steeps and powder around Argentina’s Refugio Frey alongside skier Santiago Guzman. His turns are nice, but the excitement in Conga’s eyes, ears and tail as she bounds through powder transcend to another level of joy. TK, Follow, Niva, Finley and the other Backcountry office dogs approve.